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Course overview

Faculty of Science
Mathematics TR031

Special entrance requirement: B in Leaving Certificate Mathematics at Higher Level.


A four year honors degree programme consisting entirely of modules in mathematics and mathematically related subjects. In the first two years students must obtain a broad knowledge of mathematics. In the final two years modules are chosen from a range of options in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, theoretical physics, computing, numerical analysis and statistics.

Course Objective

The mathematics programme in Trinity is designed to provide students with a broad mathematical training. This qualifies them for work or further study in almost any numerate or logical discipline. In particular the course is an excellent choice for those who wish to pursue a career in mathematical research/teaching at a university or other third-level institution.

Course Content

Students take modules in several main areas:

Pure Mathematics:
an exploration of basic concepts and abstract theories
Applied Mathematics:
using mathematics to solve real practical problems
Theoretical Physics:
the study of physical laws
Theoretical Computing; numerical methods:
an exploration of computational problems; numerical methods for solving algebraic and differential equations
methods and models for the analysis of statistical data

All students follow a common set of modules in the first term of their Junior Fresh year (first year); in the second term of the Junior Fresh year and in their Senior Fresh year students take core modules in algebra, analysis and mathematical methods, together with modules of their choice; students in the third and fourth years choose from a wide range of options in the areas listed above, or other options including a mathematical economics module.

Course Assessment

Students are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-year examination. The work of the last two years counts equally towards the quality of the final degree result.

Career Opportunities

The wide range of modules on offer ensures a degree of flexibility which is of crucial importance in today's job market. Computing is one area in which mathematics graduates find that their skills have immediate and practical application. Typical other career options include statistics, teaching, accountancy, actuarial work, finance, and all areas of pure and applied mathematics. Many of these involve further study, at university or otherwise.

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